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Cattle Fencing

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Cattle Fencing

 

Why is cattle fencing important? The thing is, you wouldn’t want your cattle to graze on some other person’s property. That’s alright if you are in a place where there is a shared-grazing rights policy implemented by the government. Otherwise, it simply isn’t acceptable. When your cattle graze on other rancher’s private property, that means those other ranchers would have less grass, therefore, less food, for their cattle.

Now that the importance of cattle fencing is established, surely, you will want to install fencing on your property. However, it isn’t easy as most people think it is.

 

Planning

Since most cattle thrive on grazing, you need to set up your ranch in a rather wide area. That makes cattle fencing more costly, than, say, fencing for your country house. You need to consider the material you would use, and the layout of your ranch. You need to consider the points where your fencing would go through – waterways, driveways and buildings such as barns or silos. You also need to know where the corner posts would be as you need to make those posts stronger.

 

Choosing the Fencing Type

There are a lot of fencing materials out in the market. You can use barbed wire, electric fence, chain links and steel fences. Most farmers use barbed wire and high tensile electric fences as they are both relatively cheaper than the other fencing types. Barbed wire is great for establishing property boundaries and is especially recommended for very large areas; however, it can damage cattle hide. Electric fences are also a good deterrent for human trespassers, and it can train animals not to step outside the fence. These fences can be solar-powered and releases non-lethal voltage. Chain link fencing can be used but it is more expensive compared to barbed wire. Steel Fences, on the other hand are sturdy; however, they are more expensive and are only recommended for smaller enclosures, such as those for horses.

 

Installation

After choosing the cattle fencing type that you want for your barn, you also need to get other materials for installing it. You would need fence posts, digging equipment (such as shovels; better yet, and a tractor and auger), a hammer, pliers, nails or large wire staples, cement and water.

When digging for the fence posts, the amount of digging needed depends on the location of your post – is it a corner post or a regular one? For corner posts, you have to make them sturdier, so you have to dig more – 1/3 or even 1/4 of your post height would do. It can be less, depending on the type of soil. Fortifying corner posts with cement is a good idea. There are step-by-step guides at online resources that you can take a look at.

Cattle don’t jump as much as a deer or other animals do. Your fence can hold them in, as soon as you did a decent job setting them up. However, no matter how awesome your fencing is, you still need to check them regularly. While life is not all about boundaries, checking and mending your fence for cattle is an important aspect when picking up how to raise cattle.
 

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